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Pirates seize supertanker

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by kilovictorhotel, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. kilovictorhotel

    kilovictorhotel 5-Year Member

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  2. bossf51

    bossf51 10-Year Member

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    Forget the Navy bring in the Coast Guard, fighting pirates since 1790:shake:
     
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    kp2001 10-Year Member

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    I remember sailing through some "shady" parts during my time on oil tankers and thanking my lucky stars when we were away. A fully laden oil tanker is definately a fairly easy target for pirates. When fully loaded the distance between the water and deck (freeboard) is not nearly as high as that of a container ship or other types of ships. This makes it easier for the pirates to get on deck.
     
  4. kilovictorhotel

    kilovictorhotel 5-Year Member

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    But what would they do with a ship that size? Correct me if I'm wrong, but you cant just stick that size ship into some no-name port off the Somali coast?......or can you???

    Is it worth a couple million in quick ransom just so the ship is not mismanaged bringing her into port?
     
  5. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006 5-Year Member

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    Ransom for the crew, especially.
     

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